The food at Ba Shan hails from Hunan province, and it definitely doesn’t resemble the takeaway you ate last week. This kind of Chinese food is spicier and doesn’t shy away from chilli - the spicy softshell crab is excellent, and the red-braised pork is non-negotiable, so long as you’re not afraid of pork belly. The best seats are at the front of the restaurant, where it feels like you’re in a traditional inn in the Chinese countryside. It’s a little pricey, but the food’s worth it if you’re looking for a break from the typical Chinatown fare.
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Bake is a cash only bakery in Chinatown serving fantastic soft serve out of their trademark taiyaki - a fish-shaped waffle situation.
Jinli is a Sichuan restaurant next to Leicester Square specialising in hot and dry pots. Come hungry and bring friends.
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The Four Seasons in Chinatown is famous for their roast duck, which is not only excellent but one of the best things you can eat in London.
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Food House is a Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown serving solid chilli oil noodles, platters of dumplings, and more. It’s good for a group, or solo.
Kaki is a restaurant in King’s Cross serving food from all over China. You’ll want to come back here time and again.
Imperial Treasure is a big, fancy Chinese restaurant in St James’s which lacks atmosphere, but serves some pretty great dim sum.
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